RT Archives

Even the oldest movies were new once. With the RT Archives, we're digging through newspapers and magazines from the past to find out what the critics said about classic movies -- before they were classics. What did the critics say about your favorites when they were brand new? Take a deep dive into the RT Archives and find out.

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  • John Kinloch

    As a reporter and editor for Los Angeles's California Eagle, John Kinloch was a tireless advocate for equality; as a film critic he was witty and incisive. He died at 23 in 1945 serving his country in the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Nell Dodson Russell

    In her column for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Nell Dodson Russell was brutally honest - whether commenting on the state of the world or the latest films. In addition to film, Russell was a sports expert. During her time at the Baltimore Afro-American, she became possibly the first Black female newspaper sports editor.

  • Baltimore Afro-American

    The Baltimore Afro-American is the oldest family-owned Black newspaper in the United States, and among the most influential. Its editorial ranks included Maybelle Chew, who wrote drama and film criticism for the paper in the 1920s.

  • New York Age

    From its inception in 1887 to its closure in 1960, the New York Age was a powerful advocate for civil rights and a home base for a number of exceptional writers, including polymath Lester Walton, the paper's theatrical editor and a writer of prescient film criticism.

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